Counting Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Bicycle and pedestrian counts are often required for transportation models, to determine capacity and to assess the attractiveness of a streetscape to non-motorized users. By counting them, it is possible to demonstrate their significance as road users in allocating resources for improvements. Counts can also serve as benchmarks for evaluations of safety enhancements.

CALIFORNIA RESOURCES
Manual Pedestrian and Bicycle Count Report for Alameda County (2002 to 2010) The report consists of comprehensive data of pedestrian and bicycle count data from several citywide sources across Alameda County from 2002 to 2010. The number of sites in this report include 44 pedestrian count sites and 28 bicycle count sites. While some count reports analyze short terms (one to three years), the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) wanted to analyze longer term trends to provide insight into how future data collection can improve.
Methodology for Counting Pedestrians at Intersections: Use of Automated Counters to Extrapolate Weekly Volumes from Short Manual Counts - Study conducted by UCB SafeTREC to demonstrate how to estimate weekly intersection pedestrian volumes from 2-h pedestrian counts. Extrapolating such pedestrian counts to weekly volumes requires accounting for differences in time of day, surrounding land use characteristics, and weather. The methodological approach, tested in Alameda County, California, provides guidance on how to incorporate pedestrian volume estimates into local and state roadway databases. See our study: A Pilot Model for Estimating Pedestrian Intersection Crossing Volumes
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (June 2005): Overview of Bay Area Pedestrian Planning - This report, an overview of pedestrian planning efforts in the Bay Area, is part of a larger study commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to encourage and improve pedestrian planning in the Bay Area. The purpose of this report, the first of several work products resulting from the Pedestrian Districts Study, is to provide a summary of the types of pedestrian planning occurring in the Bay Area.
City of San Francisco 2009 Pedestrian Count Report  In September 2009, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Pedestrian Program conducted its first annual Citywide Pedestrian Count. In San Francisco, data about the number of people walking could be used to measure the progress of City policies and sustainability goals, determine the effect of pedestrian infrastructure improvements, measure the mode split between the City’s transportation options, forecast future pedestrian demand, and determine pedestrian collision exposure rates.

The Bicycle Data Clearinghouse UCLA's Luskin School of Public Policy is a one-stop repository for bicycle count data throughout LA County and beyond. This tool allows users to easily view, query, and download bicycle count volumes. Bicycle count data collected in Los Angeles County prior to December 2012 is already loaded into the clearinghouse. Going forward, local agencies throughout the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region and beyond can upload their count data to the clearinghouse website.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)Conducting Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts - A Manual for Jurisdictions in Los Angeles County and Beyond (June, 2013) presents a bicycle count protocol for the Southern California region that provides consistency and direction for bicycle and pedestrian counts as well as guidance for choosing count technologies. Currently, the differing time periods, choice of methodology, and other variables make it difficult to compare existing count data sets. This manual is intended to establish a standardized bicycle count methodology across the SCAG region so that counts are reliable and comparable across jurisdictions. It also directs agencies to enter their count data into the Bicycle Data Clearinghouse.
The San Diego Regional Bike and Pedestrian Counter Network is one of the largest in the country. The network was initially funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a collaborative effort between SANDAG, San Diego State University, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. View the counter locations and data on the  San Diego Regional Bike and Pedestrian Counter Network website. 

National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 2014 Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection is directed to practitioners involved in collecting non-motorized count data. The Guidebook (1) describes methods and technologies for counting pedestrians and bicyclists, (2) offers guidance on developing a non-motorized count program, (3) gives suggestions on selecting appropriate counting methods and technologies, and (4) provides examples of how organizations have used non-motorized count data to better fulfill their missions.